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Old 03-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
 
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I loved the movie. It's sticking in my head the way the books did. I even had a nightmare about it, lol.

I had motion sickness issues in the reaping scene. I eventually got used to it, but damn.

I like how they added backstory for Snow and the awesomely bearded Crane. It filled out the story more since the book is mainly first person narrative. It also helps for those who haven't read the books. You can see where Crane was thinking about ratings and a good show without seeing all of the political ramifications that Snow saw. It was Snow's nature to see that. The part about a little hope vs. a lot of hope was spot on.

I wanted more of Rue's backstory so that the full impact of her death could be felt and understood. The death scene was well done. The audience was in tears. The add in of District 11 riots after Rue's death and Katniss's salute were good additions, IMO. It showed the beginning of Katniss's effect. It also showed the rage at being under the current regime as opposed to the beaten down weariness seen in District 12.

The fight scenes were done well. You saw them fight, but blurred enough to keep that PG-13 rating.

I don't recall the clarity of vision that Cato had at the end in the book. (clarity in the movie and not in the book) He saw himself as a political pawn, but he couldn't change his path. He and the career pack did creep me out. Clove especially.

Loved Foxface and Thresh, small as their parts were.

I could see why Snow thought that Katniss was being deliberately defiant.

Loved that Buttercup made the movie, though looking different.

To me, all of the actors did an excellent job. The movie was well directed.

There's a lot more to say, but I'm still digesting and processing.

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I've read all of the books so I'm really excited! I am going to see the movie tonight so I haven't read the original post just in case!

I will definitely pop back in later to give my thoughts and read what everyone else thought about the movie as well.
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Looking forward to seeing what you think!


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I'm seeing it Sunday - thanks for the heads-up about the motion sickness during the reaping - I may have to just listen to that scene.
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More spoilery stuff.

In the books, I often wondered if Haymitch just thought it would be better if his tributes just died right away, and if he just never bothered with sponsors. The fact that he looked as if he was doing something new and inspired when he actively sought out sponsors for the burn medicine made me think about it even more.

I liked the parachute notes. It helped make up for the loss of the internal dialogue that was in the book. The 'you call that a kiss' note got some laughs.

I liked the view of Cinna as strategist as opposed to just stylist.

The Gale/Peeta triangle was set up well without being overdone or taking away from the politics and grittiness of battle.


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I'm seeing it Sunday - thanks for the heads-up about the motion sickness during the reaping - I may have to just listen to that scene.
I had to look down a lot, lol. I was worried I'd have to leave to puke. I've always been sensitive in cars and park rides, but that was my first episode of movie sickness.


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I loved the movie. It's sticking in my head the way the books did. I even had a nightmare about it, lol.

I had motion sickness issues in the reaping scene. I eventually got used to it, but damn.

I like how they added backstory for Snow and the awesomely bearded Crane. It filled out the story more since the book is mainly first person narrative. It also helps for those who haven't read the books. You can see where Crane was thinking about ratings and a good show without seeing all of the political ramifications that Snow saw. It was Snow's nature to see that. The part about a little hope vs. a lot of hope was spot on.

I wanted more of Rue's backstory so that the full impact of her death could be felt and understood. The death scene was well done. The audience was in tears. The add in of District 11 riots after Rue's death and Katniss's salute were good additions, IMO. It showed the beginning of Katniss's effect. It also showed the rage at being under the current regime as opposed to the beaten down weariness seen in District 12.

The fight scenes were done well. You saw them fight, but blurred enough to keep that PG-13 rating.

I don't recall the clarity of vision that Cato had at the end in the book. He saw himself as a political pawn, but he couldn't change his path. He and the career pack did creep me out. Clove especially.

Loved Foxface and Thresh, small as their parts were.

I could see why Snow thought that Katniss was being deliberately defiant.

Loved that Buttercup made the movie, though looking different.

To me, all of the actors did an excellent job. The movie was well directed.

There's a lot more to say, but I'm still digesting and processing.

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Really? I didn't get sick until the tracker jacker scene. OMgah...

Agreed. But overall, I though Rue was handled wonderfully. I BALLED like a lunatic during that scene!

For some reason, I was waiting on them to somewhat explain what a mockingjay was, but I guess that's for the sequel?

And I was sooo waiting for the dogs to resemble the tributes, but alas....it didn't take away from the story...

Though I initially questioned Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, he totally won me over!
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The tracker jacker scene was rough, too, but I was better adjusted after the nausea of the reaping.

The District 12 scenes reminded me of my grandmother's stories of growing up desperately poor in a coal mining camp during the depression.

The District 11 scene after Rue's death reminded me of Civil Rights era footage.



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I agree with everything you said, RCC!

Although, I'd like to add... Elizabeth Banks KILLED IT as Effie! She was seriously awesome.
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She was! Everyone did so well.

Her whole Manners! Ha!

I had to download the song Abraham's Daughter that was in the credits. It really caught my ear.


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Oh, I also meant to add... Why do movie makers leave out small details, sometimes? Like, how hard would it have actually been to make the cat look like Buttercup, as described? Or to include the part about Katniss drugging Peeta so she could go to the cornucopia? I just don't understand why they feel the need to change small, but sometimes important, details. You know?

I can understand the bigger changes sometimes, for financial or time restraint reasons, but the small changes always perplex me.
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I agree. How hard is it to find an orange tabby that will hiss?

The sleep syrup may have taken more time to explain? I'm not sure.

I'm glad they showed the bread backstory, but the full impact needs to be read to totally understand. I'm glad they decided to put it in, though.


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Oh, and Effie had amazing nail art.


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Oh, that is true about the sleep syrup. I hadn't thought of that!

It's probably a good thing that I'm working tonight, because otherwise, I'd probably be very, very tempted to go see it again!

Oh no. I just made the mistake of looking at showtimes. They've got three available after I get off work!

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Lol!

I think I'm going again on Wednesday. I want to see it again to think about it more the second time, and to catch stuff missed the first time.

Also loved the Avengers preview and that gritty Snow White one.

Caesar Flickerman was well acted. He was a good interviewer like in the books. Peeta was also great at being a good interviewee. Flickerman's teeth! Omg

The parade commenting reminded me of the Rose Bowl parade.


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I thought it was good, but having read the book I was a little let down by a lot of the things left out or changed. I know why they do it, so I understand, but some things lessen the weight.
A tiny thing that I thought was stupid was having Foxface referred to as such even when there was no longer the first-person narrative. It just sounds silly.

They didn't show Cato attacking Peeta, which Katniss sees in her hallucination. Didn't really understand that omission.

I'm glad to know it wasn't just me feeling a bit of nausea. That's never happened before, but we had terrible seats which also led to a massive headache when the movie was over.

I did love Effie.

I really enjoyed the training sequences.

I thought the romance was especially weak in the movie.

I thought Cato's end was a bit heavy-handed. It's more Katniss' realization about the Careers than Cato's, but they had him be the mouthpiece. I was glad they kept in that Katniss shot him to end his torture.

My friends who didn't read the books thought it was great.
I've written mostly complaints, but I did think it was good, just that I can't help noticing the omissions and revisions and some of them take away from the intensity and desperation.
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Maybe I'm less picky.

I can see where you thought Cato's part was heavy handed. Yet, I'm glad it was put in, because he (movie he) was right.


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All I'm saying is that they did a good job at making me hating Cato. Every time he showed up on screen, I thought to myself "Man! Such a douche..."
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Finding myself hating Cato (except for his bit at the end) and Clove made me wonder. If I was a future Capitol citizen, would I be like them? Would I just watch with bloodlust without thinking about what was really going on?


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Yeah, they did a good job of making them as smug and vicious as they sounded in the books.
And I'm so glad they kept in Cato snapping the neck of district 3 dude after Katniss blows up their supplies.

I forgot a purely superficial comment and that's how cute the actress playing Rue was. I loved the hair!
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